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Nick Johnson sidelined by back injury

Apr 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

nick johnson swinging.jpgYankees DH Nick Johnson has missed two games in a row and is likely out until Tuesday due to lingering back stiffness, according to Chad Jennings of The Journal News.

Johnson isn’t concerned that it will be a long-term issue, for what it’s worth.  But he has been plagued by injuries for most of his career and any kind of ailment is rightfully going to be met with a speculative eye. 

The 31-year-old Johnson is batting just .135 in 52 at-bats this season, but he has drawn 18 walks in 16 games for a .375 on-base percentage.  And that’s exactly why he bats in the two-hole for the Yanks, ahead of perennial All-Stars like Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano.   New York is off to a 12-5 start this year, right behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East standings.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Apr 25, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Gardner had a good performance yesterday batting 2nd, it’s hard to root for Nick’s OBP til Tex gets out of his April slump.
    Captcha: frampton to- celebrate his 60th birthday last week to let us show our age.

  2. Nasty Boy - Apr 25, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    He’s been a disappointment thus far . I wasn’t a Gardner fan going into the season , but he’s making a believer out of me .

  3. pisano - Apr 25, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    It’s the same old story , this guy can’t stay healthy . I wished they would have kept Matsui .

  4. jwb - Apr 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Nick Johnson sidelined by injury. The sun also rises.
    Sorry, Drew Silva. Too easy.

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